After watching the first part of the new season premiere, something struck me:

After impregnating and having a child by a vending machine, Bender is quite surprised. However, as seen in The Beast with a Billion Backs; he already has a son, that appears, knowing what we now do, to have been conceived and born in a similar fashion.

How can he not know how this works, or more to the point, fail to even realize that it is a thing?

Edit: Realizing that the question is, in its current form, somewhat lacking; I'll amend it:

Is there any observed in-universe reason for his failing to keep track of such an utterly basic element of his own "biology"?

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    There are women who have become pregnant more than once who don't understand how they got pregnant... Your mistake is in assuming that sentient beings behave with the same logic you posses.
    – zzzzBov
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 17:49
  • @zzzzBov: Be that as it may; Bender doesn't just fail to understand how it works, he fails to understand that it is a thing. Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 17:53
  • A person who rejects comprehending reality is in a state of denial.
    – zzzzBov
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 17:58
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    Someone forgot to sit him down and talk about the bytes and the bits...
    – NominSim
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 20:07
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    Obviously, the bending school he attended must have had an abstinence-only program instead of comprehensive sex education. I bet he never even saw Electro Gonhorrhea: The Noisy Killer.
    – gnovice
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 20:54

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Since it appears that Bender has sex (?) a lot, considering that in the beginning of the episode he brought two other lady bots home, yet he has never uploaded his code to another robot, it can probably be assumed that a robot's birth control is the responsibility of the woman robot.

We do see twice in one episode that the soda machine robot got pregnant, which suggests that she is very lax about using her birth control. Perhaps she accepts every git pull request that is sent her way, while the other robots that Bender is with are more choosey about this?

Since it is the responsibility of the lady robots to use birth control in the Futurama universe, perhaps the boy robots aren't educated about birth control as much. As one commenter stated, there are women who have become pregnant more than once and still don't understand how that has happened; in our society, our main form of birth control is the responsibility of men, so it's understandable that a poorly-educated women would be oblivious to this fact.

  • Bender was never given sex education at all, on account of his mother was a religious fundamentalist. However, the problem isn't that Bender isn't aware of how it happens, that's fine. The problem is that he doesn't seem to be aware that it is even possible. Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 9:20

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